Heavy books, light books, eBooks and my books

Ruth HartleyAfrica, Apartheid, Bookbinding, Books, Colonialism, Creativity, Politics, Promotion, Publication, Reading, Reviews, Songs, Storytelling, Writing, Writing Process2 Comments

The books of my childhood When I was a kid, few of us had bookshelves of children’s stories at home. There were fewer books for children and they were solid tomes. I was lucky. My mother took me to the only public library, the Queen Victoria Library in Salisbury, Rhodesia. It was a remarkable 50 year-old building, but that was […]

Tall stories, true stories, lies, fiction, facts and truth-telling

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Writing fictions, memoirs and versions of my truth In the last few months I have published three books. The first is a novel, the second is a book of poetry, the inspiration on which the novel is based and the third is a memoir. They are – The Love and Wisdom Crimes A coming-of-age adventure story about a young white […]

Good, bad, sad, & happy books & trending endings

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Books that taught us to be good               My grandmother gave me a Victorian children’s anthology. It had tales of Jack Downing who always was second in his class and Jack Upping who was always top of the class. The moral was acceptance of being second best – I can’t remember what the advantages […]

How to make a book look good enough to read

Ruth HartleyBooks, Publication, Reading, The Shaping of Water, The Tin Heart Gold Mine, The White and Black Blues, Writing3 Comments

How to be your own publisher I don’t know what I’m doing! I’m learning on the job and wondering if what I do is make mistakes and then recover from them. The learning curve I’m riding gets steeper and deeper and the pressure to do it all at once keeps on mounting. Yesterday I was sent a cover design and […]

Writing and selling The Tin Heart Gold Mine

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Writers need to sell books Writers write – rather than talk about what they write – but the current publishing market forces us to become Independent Authors and acquire self-promotional skills entirely different from writing. The idea of a book launch for The Tin Heart Gold Mine gave me sleepless nights, but, nevertheless, we decided to hold the event at […]